Friday, July 30, 2010

San Diego Comic Con 2010: Day Two

I'm back with Day Two. Admittedly a little late, but here we go!

X-Men Panel (CBR and Newsarama):
  • The X-Men start teaming up with other heroes next year? Finally.
  • I don't get the Man Without Fear teasers, but apparently the title's up for grabs, and the X-Men's guy is Gambit.
  • Generation Hope focuses on Hope and the new mutants appearing since she's come back to the present. Begins in November. I'm on board, though I've never seen Kieron Gillen's work before.
  • Uncanny X-Men #526 starts the arc focusing on the new mutants that appeared recently. This is a prologue to Generation Hope, and a great jumping-on point for me since I haven't read X-Men in a few months.
  • ...Deadpool wants to be the World's Greatest Hero?!?! Since when?? They should keep that up, actually...
  • "Adjectiveless" X-Men has been placed on my radar now, upon learning that I can see the X-Men interact with the Marvel Universe there.
- The Young Justice trailer! Finally! Here it is:

We were told before this is a "DC Universe show", but now we've got pictures. This JLA seems to be made up of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Aquaman, Red Tornado, Captain Marvel, Green Lantern (John Stewart), Black Canary, Captain Atom, Zatara, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Green Arrow, and Martian Manhunter. (Excellent line-up. Seriously.) The trailer looks amazing.

Edit: Some new info has broken. Apparently Robin is Dick Grayson, and Wally West is Kid Flash, and I'm gonna shoot myself in the face. THANKS FOR FUCKING IT ALL UP, DC.

DC Focus: Grant Morrison (Newsarama):
  • Grant Morrison on a Wonder Woman title. A year long maxi-series or an OGN would be amazing. Grant excels at re-imagining mythology.
  • The project I really want from Grant (Multiversity) is slated for next year. *sighs* Well, I'm CERTAIN it'll still be awesome though.
  • You know, Seaguy 1-3 was absolutely insane. I still need to read the second mini-series. Hopefully before the third comes out.
  • Placing the New Gods in a universe without the DC heroes was brilliant. Orion alongside Superman leaves Orion looking ridiculous. Their mythology is best when its not cluttered. Also, a Morrison-written Earth-51 book is the first Multiverse book he should write, to set down the rules.
  • Hearing Morrison was more of a DC fan as a kid makes me happy. I get slightly bummed when a writer talks about how they enjoyed Marvel more as a child. Like working for DC is the second place prize or something.
  • It must be great to be able to inspire people and help them find their careers.
  • I find it hard to believe that everything Grant has to say about the Marvel Family can be condensed into 38 pages, but I want to read Thunder World nonetheless.
  • The multiversal Justice League. Sounds awesome. Needs a monthly ongoing.
  • ....What the? Morrison was on welfare?! They HAVE welfare in Scotland? /Stupid American
Superman: Man of Tomorrow (CBR and Newsarama):
  • Still not all that excited for the Superboy title. I'm sorry, but...needs a new writer. And Superboy needs to not be in Smallville.
  • Action Comics sees Lex up against a different supervillain every issue. I'm amused.
  • JMS' "Grounded" might possibly work. Though personally I thought New Krypton was better, at least before I realized it was "Zod versus Lane".
  • Aaaand there it is. "Smallville is the center of this book." The writer has let his personal inclinations get in the way. I'll read the first arc anyway, but I'm not interested in smalltown adventures. I'm interested in Superboy being back on the map.
  • [The Superman offices are] Giving crossovers a break? Gee, really? Considering the last one put Superman sales so low Red Robin outsold SUPERMAN...
  • People have a point. He SHOULD be walking across the Earth. They're just too lazy to do the research. But "Grounded" is still a good idea.
  • C'mon Stracynski. You're the guy who keeps saying Superman's the greatest hero. Don't make him like Hyperion--he was a dick.
  • Team-ups between Superboy and Tim for the new Superboy ongoing? Great. More I see of those, the longer I read the book.
  • Superman: Earth One is something I'm highly anticipating, but someone should sit down and discuss the future of these things. Currently, I am curious as to how "Earth One" works. "Earth One" is both an alternate brand of comics while being an alternate universe, which ships in trade paperback form first to signify the difference. But what's the "normal" release date? Will "Wave Two" be more expansive? DC VP, Dan Didio, knows the answer to these questions, but no one asked him.
Batman: The Return (CBR and Newsarama):
  • Let's see, Grant Morrison's inspired by Brave and the Bold and we get Batman, Inc., an ongoing about Bruce Wayne treating Batman more like a business than a superhero identity. I'M getting ideas about that, now. Thanks a lot Grant.
  • Knight and Squire, the mini-series following England's version of Batman and Robin, written by Paul Cornell, is a project I have an interest in for several reasons. The primary one is my love of world-building, though.
  • Birds of Prey, featuring a cast of comics' most awesome superheroines, and written by one of the best writers in comics, is one of my favorite comics. I'm glad to have it back too, Gail! Its not just the girls!
  • Comic fans ignore reality when it counts the most, sometimes. Stephanie Brown (Batgirl) gave up her child at least three years ago. She's not SUPPOSED to run into it. Just because everything in comics is super-connected does not mean that should happen.
  • No more Tim (Robin)/Steph (Batgirl)? *saddened* Oh well. Hard to pick up where you left off when your girlfriend pretended she was dead and lied to you about it for a year or so.
  • Gail's doing more Lady Blackhawk? Sweet. She's the "neanderthal 1950's male" in a woman's body, turning a trope on its head and making her very endearing.

DC Nation (CBR and Newsarama):
  • ....Jeez. There's a person with Diana's new costume already? Is she devoted, or is the costume generic? I can't decide.
  • JMS' new Wonder Woman can be used by other people? Okay...but why?
  • Ragecat (Dex-Starr) is getting a Valentine's Special? I love you, Geoff Johns. A Saint Walker Birthday Special seems like it would be sad, though...
  • Batman's meeting KATHY KANE, the hetero Batwoman? Hm. That could be...something.
  • There are still people saying that "Barry Allen's the Flash" crap? Come on. Barry AND Wally are both alive. Has the Flash family ever been better off?
  • Grant Morrison and Geoff Johns on the same story? I'm...excited, and terrified. Who let those two work on the same book?!?!
  • Young Justice reforming? PAD's still Marvel exclusive. And DC just placed a new team on Teen Titans, so...nil. I'd rather have YJ, but only if it involved the Core 4 and YJ's supporting cast.
  • Stephanie Brown (Batgirl) outside of comics? Hm. Cassandra Cain too. It's either Young Justice, Smallville (unlikely), or a brand-new Batman series. That's already been confirmed, but...hrm.
  • Flash: Speed Force? Wally, Bart, XS, and Jesse Quick? BOOM! I'm happy, Geoff's happy, and Flash fans can shut up.
  • A Flash movie? Only if we can get a Flash cartoon series, too. (Normal CGI, please?)
  • ...Arrowette and Wonder Girl will be in the Young Justice cartoon...? Curious decision. Are Tim and Bart far behind then?
Marvel: The Heroic Age (CBR and Newsarama):
  • John Romita Jr.'s Avengers...kinda bites. Could be the inks, though. Whoever's going over it is too heavy.
  • The McCann-penned Hawkeye and Mockingbird is great. Was hoping for a title to replace Green Arrow & Black Canary. There's something inherently fun to me about two superheroes dating.
  • Red Hulk is joining the Avengers. Great. 'Cause everyone wanted Thunderbolt Ross to join Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
  • I don't get the Man Without Fear teasers. An excuse to tell another story? I thought the title was his personal common noun. All the heroes have one. Iron Man is the Armored Avenger. Superman is the Man of Steel. But somehow Nova, Gambit, and Falcon have decided the Man Without Fear deal is up for grabs.
  • Invincible Iron Man has been superb, from the first issue. Fraction has turned Tony back into a likable character. He's built up a cast for Tony, took us on a tour around Tony's corner of the Marvel Universe, introduced new villains, made old ones a threat, and invented an armor surpassing his Extremis model, while also rebuilding Stark Enterprises from the ground up. If you aren't reading this--you need to be.
  • Fraction's Thor looks great, and the idea of it being all spacey and Kirby like hypes me even more for it.

Miscellaneous Links:

BOOM Studios Panel
Jeremy Renner cast as Avengers film's Hawkeye (Spinoff Online)
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Panel (Newsarama)
Mark Ruffalo cast as Avengers' "Hulk" (Spinoff Online)
Marvel Animation Panel (Newsarama)

That's it for Day Two. Work continues on Day Three.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Jumping in Headfirst Podcast: First Edition

I've saved up quite a few of these now, so finally I'm uploading the first one. The first JiH podcast.

It's terrible.

...Joking. We got off to a (very) rough start in this one, but if I don't put it up, the continuity in other shows wouldn't work. This is less my project and more my friend's; he wanted to get us all together and put us on a mic--certain it would be comedy gold. Is he right?

It's me, my friends Iceman (the creator of this project), Irrelevant (his choice, not mine), and the Doctor (Who?). Short introduction cast, as we talk about favorite anime, video games, and cartoons.

Warning: JiH podcast includes: heavy swearing, use of the "n" word, random-ness, mocking everything brought up, and references. (Who's Getting All These References?)

Suggestions on how to improve are welcome, though I advise you wait until the second episode, as it improves vastly then. I had no idea WHAT we were doing then. (They didn't either...but I'm the smart one. LMAO.)

Friday, July 23, 2010

San Diego Comic Con 2010: Day One

Okay, so I'm a bit late with these. My apologies.

- First interesting news hit rather early with the announcement of an Astro City movie. Actually? I'm floored. Astro City is one of my favorite superhero comics and universes, and news of a movie is exciting. Kurt owns Astro City, so I'm certain the project will be adapted faithfully--or at least, we'll see it as Kurt wants us to. He's even doing the script. Still, I feel Busiek's stories are best told on the small screen...they just don't have the budget for Busiek's huge ideas. Either way, we'll see how it turns out.

- Activision's Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions shows off the last world. Take a look:

Expected, AND unexpected. Ultimate Symbiote Spider-Man? Huh. Of the few dozen video games coming out I want, Shattered Dimensions is inching towards being an A-List game for me. Four worlds, each of them distinct and different from the last, with differently powered Spider-Men, and apparently a LOT of bosses to battle (Hammerhead, Kraven, Morbius, Juggernaut, Deadpool, and more). Dan Slott designed the story, the gameplay looks solid, and I'm thinking of pre-ordering this so I can get some alternate costumes. (Speaking of...I'd love to see a collection of Spider-Man's other costumes, with special abilities for each one. PS1 Spider-Man did this and added a lot of replay value to things.)

- DC Nation Kickoff Panel (CBR and Newsarama):
  • Fables 100? I feel old.
  • Who's the girl that asked if Superboy could get a real costume. I want to give her a (innocent) hug. Seriously. I'll take the leather jacket and sunglasses again! Just no T-shirt! FUCK NEWGROUNDS.
  • Wonder Woman's new costume looks like it came from the nineties. Ditch the gauntlets, go back to the bracelets, hand the jacket to Superboy, and it's decent though.
  • Speaking of. I can't imagine a more boring Superboy than one stuck in Smallville. As a result, a writer excited to do that saddens me. Can Kon go back to Hawaii?
  • Biggest deal on this panel is the announcement of more Batman Beyond. More Terry McGinnis cannot be a bad idea.

- DC Focus: Geoff Johns (CBR and Newsarama):
  • Slightly concerned about this panel. Geoff releases too much awesome.
  • Can I just say that Geoff being in charge of how the DCU appears to the rest of the world was the smartest business decision ever? Who has a clearer, more accurate vision of these characters?
  • The Blue Beetle test footage looks great. Is he confirming the existence of a television show? I'm no Smallville fan, but Blue Beetle is on the watch list from day one.
  • Geoff being off Superboy is no big loss. I love his work, but he never got that one right, in my opinion. He's been changing the guy into something he wasn't from day one. Now, Geoff off Legion? That I'm crying over.
  • The Red Lanterns are a surrogate family? ...That's so screwed up and twisted. And it makes so much sense.
  • A Suicide Squad video game?!?! ....THAT'S what DC Entertainment was formed for! Great move, guys.
  • Green Lantern: Secret Origin II by Geoff and Ivan Reis? So long as it's a mini-series this time? I'm up. He writes an amazing Sinestro.
  • Geoff seems to be hinting that the recent Green Lantern movie costume we saw...isn't actually the final costume, but some sort of proto-costume. Perhaps it's the suit the ring gives him to start, and he changes it to the true uniform later? The trailer Saturday may tell us something.
  • Batman: Earth One's still without a release date. Meanwhile JMS' Superman: Earth One is due in September. Still, Waid, Morrison and Johns are the busiest men in comics, so it's understandable.
  • Also, I love the idea of seeing him be terrible at his job at first. No one's ever focused on that.
  • Peter Tomasi wants to write Martian Manhunter? I could get with that. A new ongoing for J'onn would be fantastic! Who do I e-mail?
  • Geoff Johns is doing the new Green Lantern Corps cartoon? Ohh...I dislike CGI, but I HAVE to see it now. Awesome!
  • Seeing Cassandra Cain (Batgirl II) outside of comics? Hmm...Young Justice guest-appearance?
  • A Flash movie would actually be sweet. The inevitable Flash video game though...*sighs*
  • ....What? The Indigoes...? Aqua War? Aquaman-themed event? What have I missed out on not reading Brightest Day?
  • Is anyone surprised he's got a follow-up for Brightest Day? Really?
  • A creator-owned book from him would be...well...insane. And I'd SO read it.
Mondo Marvel Panel (CBR and Newsarama):
  • Captain America: Fighting Avenger sounds interesting. An all-ages flashback ongoing, though? Wow. Almost none of that matches up.
  • Captain America: Man Out of Time is by Mark Waid. YES. Why isn't DC getting some work from Waid? Spider-Man is amazing (ha), and Waid's Cap run is highly respected, so bringing him back? No brainer. Waid does excellent character stories, too, so this may be one of the better minis we see this year.
  • Iron Man/Thor by DnA? Who thought THAT one up? Screw it. These two work on both technology and magic stuff in space, they can do it on Earth. Also? I'm enjoying the love the Big Three are getting. Blame the movies for it all you want, but Marvel's putting A-List writers on these books, and the art looks great, too. I refuse to bitch.
  • Nova is the new Man Without Fear? Okay, sure. Guy's put in the work for the position, but I have no idea what it means for the character.
  • Rocket Raccoon and Groot?! DnA goes for the weird stories, but I love 'em for it.
  • In addition to the screening of the first Iron Man anime episode Friday, we'll be getting a "huge announcement" concerning Marvel and anime. Loeb's given to hyperbole (like all writers), but I am very hopeful.
  • THUNDERBOLT ROSS IS THE RED HULK??!?! ...Get...I...f....who HIRED that dude?! *speechless*
  • A live-action drama from Marvel on ABC or ABC Family? I'll watch, depending on the character and the story.
  • Marvel vs. DC? I Don't Need It. Now, more Amalgam Comics? Please?
  • Cosmic Avengers? Please. Dan and Andy on scripts, Brad Walker for art.
  • I'm buying Age of Heroes #3, just for Blue Marvel. I loved the first mini-series.
- Comic Con: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World panel. Mae Whitman, of Avatar fame (Katara), is the evil ex-girlfriend? SNAP! The panel as a whole sounds interesting, and I'm growing more and more sure I HAVE to see that movie this summer.

- Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunter has been confirmed for some time, but this is the first we've seen any information about it. The game is confirmed a part of the movie universe, so this is one of the only times you'll hear me talk about it.

- Joss Whedon is confirmed as the Director of the Avengers. Yay. *deadpan*

Other Links of Interest:

- The Vertigo Panel (Newsarama)

- BOOM! Studios and Stan Lee Partner Up (CBR)

- Mark Waid on Stan Lee's The Traveler (CBR)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

San Diego Comic Con 2010 Upcoming

July 22nd. It's early, but its here. San Diego Comic Con.

The first panels are just starting, as its just 10:15 there.

As far as comics go, both DC and Marvel have fed us several announcements over the last two weeks, telling us about exclusive writers and artists, and some of their new titles they're bringing out in the fall months.

But this week, with a few exceptions, they've (obviously) gone silent. Hopefully, they saved some stuff for their panels so it is not merely answering questions (between Cup O' Joe, Geoff Johns Prime, and interviews from various sites, what would you ask that wasn't a snarky/whiny question?).

Usually, my interest in Comic-Con can be limited to comics, but this year, I have reasons to care about other areas of the con.

  • Both DC and Marvel have my attention with the formation of DC Entertainment, and Marvel going to the trouble of appointing Loeb head over their television department, and I'm expecting big things from both of them, in terms of games, live-action stuff, and animation.
  • Avatar: The Legend of Korra: An interview was done with Bryan and Mike Wednesday with details on this sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender. Due out 2011, the sequel focuses on Korra, newest Avatar to the game, a Water Tribe member training to learn Airbending under Aang's son Tenzin. I'm hoping for more information, if not a trailer.
  • Iron Man anime - First episode premieres Friday, at least three months ahead of the scheduled release in Japan. I want at least a clip, and hopefully information which will set my excitement level for the series.
  • Mega Man Universe: Major excitement for this one. The beautiful stop-motion teaser for everyone's favorite Blue Bomber came out last week, and to me, it easily outdoes every other game trailer I've seen this year in terms of generated excitement, and I have no idea what the game is about!
  • Transformers Prime: I'm not too excited about this one. I've never been a fan of CGI art, and the designs are questionable. Still, I'm positive we'll see a trailer come out sometime this weekend.
  • Voltron Force: I disliked the original Voltron. Still, I've done some reading on the new one, and it may have fixed some of my problems for it. (Artstyle, treadmill plot.)
That's it, mostly. I truncated the list a bit, with Marvel and DC, as they have the majority of my interest with a number of projects coming out this year and next I'm excited for. I'll be breaking up news of what caught my eye, with links and comments on them, by day.

I feel like a corny Stan Lee catchphrase belongs here...but bah. I like to be original. I'm out. (LOL.)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Summer Anime Picks 2010

Okay, so I'm a little late with this, but the subs for most series aren't out yet, so no worries. Aside from Shin Koihime Musou, I never cared to watch the Spring series, but I've got hopes for summer! So, here we go!

Legend of the Legendary Heroes

What It's About: Ryner Lute is a lazy student of Roland Empire Royal Magician's school. One day, Roland Empire goes to war against a neighboring country Estaboole, and he lost his classmates in the battle. After the war, Lute sets out for a journey to search the relics of a "Legendary Hero" at Emperor Sion Astal's command. And he finds out that a deadly curse is spreading through the continent. (MAL)

Why I'm Interested: The trailer was bad-ass, and that title is AWESOME. Also, as I understand it, the original novel is an exceptionally long epic fantasy series, which fleshes out its world and THEN tells its true story. Now, I just have to hope they craft a decent world *and* the series has time to breathe. 13-26 episodes won't cut it. I've been looking for a great anime fantasy world for ages (please don't bother me with 12 Kingdoms and Rayearth). Is this it?

Sekirei: Pure Engagement

What It's About: Second season of Sekirei.

Why I'm Interested: The first season was a previous pick and what I saw of it wasn't terrible, so why not? I've got the free time for it, so I'll take it on.

Seitokai Yakuindomo

What It's About: Takatoshi is a new student in the recently gender-integrated high school. He's asked to join the student council as the vice president. Thus begins his days as the only normal boy among 3 female student council officers... (M-U)

Why I'm Interested: Who knows? It COULD be entertaining to see some poor schmuck try to win arguments with three women. (We can't win arguments with ONE...) Mostly I'm hoping I can get my "high school anime" this season.

Digimon Xros Wars

What It's About: Sixth season of Digimon.

Why I'm Interested: I've been a Digimon fan since Adventure 01. Granted, I haven't loved it since 01, but I believe its worth another shot. Particularly considering the writer is one of the head writers on Kamen Rider W.

Strike Witches 2

What It's About: Second season of Strike Witches.

Why I'm Interested: First half's on my Fifty Series Anime List.

It remains to be seen if I'll check out Sengoku Basara 2, and Asobi ni Iku yo, but...prolly not. I stay busy enough as it is, you know?